We wanted something easy for lunch and nothing is easier than fried rice! This simple fried rice is rich in spices and the addition of lime zest makes it tangy and slightly sweet. You can also sub the chicken with seafood, strips of beef or other vegetables to make this vegetarian!
Hot tip: the key to the perfect fried rice is to use overnight rice. Rice you made the night before, which has been stored in an airtight container in the fridge. This is an asian tip that asian cooks swear by. You can toss it in straight from the fridge as it ensures the rice is not mushy. If you don't have overnight rice, you can use fresh too but be sure to let it cool for a few hours before making the fried rice.
Serves: 2-3 people
Difficulty: Level 1
Wow factor: ⭐⭐️⭐️⭐
Part 1 - The Spice Rub
3x chicken breast, cut into small cubes
2tbsp Chinese Five Spice
Cracked black pepper to taste
1/2 lime zested
1tsp fish sauce
1tbsp soy sauce
Part 2 - The Veg
1 shallot, chopped finely
4 cloves of garlic, chopped finely
2 carrots, chopped into small quarters
3 celery sticks, chopped into small pieces
1 courgette, chopped into small quarters
Part 3 - Fried Rice Making
1tbsp olive oil
200gr overnight rice (see tip above)
Salt & pepper to taste
1tbsp Chinese Five Spice
1tbsp fish sauce
1tbsp soy sauce
1tbsp sweet soy sauce / kecap manis
1 lime wedge
Freshly chopped coriander to serve if desired
Part 1: The Spice Rub - In a large bowl, mix the chicken with Chinese Five Spice, black pepper, lime zest, fish sauce and soy sauce. Set aside while you prep the veg.
Part 2: The Veg - When the veg is all prepped you can heat the olive oil in a large wok over medium heat. If you don't have a wok, a large pan will do!
Part 3: Fried Rice Making starts here. Once the oil is hot, tip in the chicken. Fry until the chicken pieces look done on the outside. This will probably take around 5-8 minutes.
Now add the garlic and shallots. Fry for 3 minutes.
Add carrots, celery and courgette to the pan. Fry for 4 minutes.
Add cold rice to the pan. Fry for a minute or 2.
Now add salt, pepper, Chinese Five Spice, fish sauce, soy sauce and sweet soy sauce. Mix well and keep frying for another 2-3 minutes. Squeeze the lime wedge and incorporate the juice in the mix.
Check if the chicken is cooked and ensure the flavouring is up to scratch. If it's all good, it is ready to serve! Top with fresh coriander if that's your thing, but this fried rice is done!